“Rankings are not the goal. They are the trophy of a job well done.” – Stoney deGeyter
In this article, we’ll cover the following most recent search engine news:
- A new SERP feature from Google
- Was there yet another Search Ranking Algorithm Update we didn’t hear about?
Let’s dig in.
Google Is At It – Again
Google might be testing a new feature in the core search results. According to several people, the new feature will allow users to share search results. There are three icons available – share, open cache page and open the result in a new window. Here is what people are sharing on Twitter.
— Tom Pool (@cptntommy) July 15, 2019
Actually my colleague screengrabbed them. Thought they were from a plugin at first. Three little dots to the right of the snippet, when you mouseover you get those three icons. pic.twitter.com/pBp2wtwf1K
— Will O’Hara 👨🏽💻 (@willohara) July 15, 2019
How does it work? If you are on the Beta test list, you’ll be able to access the feature via the three dots on the top right of the search results.
Why should you care? In the past, Google has tried sharing search results through Google+. And here they are again – trying out the same thing. Will this new UI launch? We can neither confirm nor deny, yet. It’s really hard to say. Can this new feature lead to people interacting with search results differently? There is a probable possibility. However, keep in mind that any change to the Google search result interface can impact traffic from Google to your website. As this seems to be just a test, we don’t believe the introduction of this particular feature would impact traffic.
Another Search Ranking Algorithm Update
We’ve seen an increased chatter in WebmasterWorld regarding yet another Google search ranking algorithm update. It seems that the talks are spiking up as users are noticing a huge fluctuation in Google rankings. Here is what users are saying:
However, like with any other update, some users are not being affected.
So far there’s been no actual update from Google regarding this. Are you seeing any changes – big or small – with your traffic and ranking?
You can see what SEO tools are showing regarding this update here.
What does the section cover?
- Using meaningful HTTP status codes. The status codes inform the GoogleBot that a page has moved or that it should not be crawled or indexed.
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